Moran Eye Center
|John A. Moran Eye Center|
|University of Utah Health Care|
Moran Eye Center
at the University of Utah medical complex
|Location||65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Affiliated university||University of Utah|
|Lists||Hospitals in Utah|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Vision and Mission Statements
- 3 History
- 4 Clinical Care
- 5 Research and Clinical Innovations
- 6 Awards and Honors
- 7 Education
- 8 Outreach Division
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The John A. Moran Eye Center is an academic medical center offering comprehensive, multi-specialty care, basic, translational and clinical research, ophthalmology residency and fellowship training, and local and international humanitarian outreach. It is located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a department within the University of Utah Health Care system.
University of Utah Health Care is one of only two academic medical centers to rank in the top 10 for quality by the University HealthSystem Consortium five years in a row.
Vision and Mission Statements
Vision: The John A. Moran Eye Center is committed to the goal that no person with a blinding condition, eye disease, or visual impairment should be without hope, understanding, and treatment.
Mission: We dedicate ourselves to serving the visually impaired through education, research, clinical care, and community outreach, and to creating a legacy upon which future generations can continue to build.
The Division of Ophthalmology at the University of Utah began as a one-person operation in 1979 with ophthalmologist and cornea specialist Randall J Olson, MD. In 1982, the division was accorded departmental status and a year later Dr. Olson was selected as the first chairman of the department. Today he still retains his position as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. In addition, he is the CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center.
The first John A. Moran Eye Center was built in 1993 and was largely paid for by donations, with a lead gift from University of Utah alumnus John A. Moran. The 85,000-square foot facility quickly became too small for the growing department, and in 2006, the Moran Eye Center moved its current 210,000-square foot location on Mario Capecchi Drive. Lead donors to the new building included John Moran, the ALSAM Foundation, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and the E.R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation. Moran has nine additional clinical locations along the Wasatch Front.
The Moran Eye Center provides comprehensive and routine care as well as the following subspecialties:
Geriatric Eye Disease
Strabismus and Muscle Disorders
Vitreoretinal disease and surgery
Uveitis and Ocular Infectious Disease
Urgent Care (Triage)
Including its satellite locations Moran has over 120,000 patient visits per year, including more than 6,000 surgeries.
The Moran Eye Center is home to the Utah Lions Eye Bank, which serves as a coordinating center for eye tissue donated by Utahns upon their death.
Moran also offers a patient support program for patients facing vision loss and their families. This program offers the following services: Orientation to Vision Loss Seminar, Individual and Family Counseling, Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention, Support Groups, and Referrals to many agencies that provide assistance to the blind.
Research and Clinical Innovations
Moran’s research staff includes more than 60 PhDs in 16 labs who conduct ophthalmology research addressing a range of eye conditions and diseases. Moran researchers are involved in dozens of clinical trials each year involving more than 2,700 clinical visits. In 2014, the Moran Eye Center ranked seventh among Ophthalmology departments for NIH funding, receiving $7,897,335.
Retinal Connectome for Vision
The Marc Lab at the Moran Eye Center, working with teams at the University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder, completed the first connectome dataset: the Retinal Connectome for Vision. The project utilized high-speed automated imaging and automated computational map-building. To accomplish this, the Marc Lab built specialized connectome viewing software to allow researchers to see into large images and trace their connections. The tools used to build this connectome are revolutionizing neuroanatomy and have been made freely available to all scientists world-wide.
Intermountain Ocular Research Center
The Moran Eye Center is home to the Intermountain Ocular Research Center a nonprofit, independent laboratory that performs basic, in depth scientific research on intraocular lenses. In addition, the Center provides services and education to surgeons, clinical ophthalmologists, their patients, and intraocular lens manufacturers worldwide.
Contributions to Phacoemulsification Research
Researchers and students at the Moran Eye Center created the cubinator, a device used to divide porcine nuclei into uniform cubes with densities similar to 3-4+ human nuclei. This published and validated model creates thousands or cataract tissue samples which can be hardened or softened as a given study design requires. The device and processed tissue allow new technologies and surgical techniques to be objectively evaluated for safety and efficiency, as the treated lenses are an exact approximation of human lenses at various levels of hardness.
The Moran Eye Center was recently a study site for AREDS 2, a major study on nutrition and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) published in May 2013. This was a follow up to AREDS, a National Eye Institute-sponsored that enrolled over 3500 subjects and followed them for an average of 6.3 years. The researchers found that subjects who took the antioxidant supplement consisting of high doses of zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene were less likely to have progression of their disease relative to the placebo group (20% versus 28%). AREDS2 was a follow-up study that enrolled over 4200 AMD subjects at 85 sites across the United States for 5 years that tried to incorporate newer knowledge of ocular nutrition gained since the time AREDS was initiated.
Moran physician Majid Moshirfar, MD was the first surgeon in Utah to perform a procedure implanting a CentraSight telescope, used for patients with end-stage AMD.
Moran is also a site for the US Corneal Collagen Crosslinking Study. Corneal collagen cross-linking uses UV light and a photosensitizer to strengthen chemical bonds in the cornea. The goal of the treatment is to halt progressive and irregular changes in corneal shape known as ectasia.
Moran Center for Translational Medicine
The Moran Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) was established in 2009 to more quickly and cost-effectively turning scientific discoveries into clinically-effective diagnostics and therapies for blinding eye conditions. The CTM is currently focused on finding a better treatment for age-related macular dege neration (AMD), and has collected more than 6,200 pairs of eyes from human donors, most with detailed patient histories and genetic profiles. In addition, Moran’s Center for Translational Medicine has access to vast medical family history records from the Utah Population Database, patient ophthalmology history, donor serum, and the latest infrared imaging technology. In January 2014, the CTM entered into a unique 5-year partnership with Allergan Inc. to work together to develop a therapy for AMD.
The CTM is directed by Gregory S. Hageman, PhD. In 2009, Hageman and his colleagues were awarded a $14.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study AMD.
Awards and Honors
Moran Eye Center researchers and clinicians have won a number of top awards in the field including:
2015 Phillip M. Corboy, MD, Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in Ophthalmology from the Hawaiian Eye Foundation (Randall J Olson, MD)
2014 Charles D. Kelman Lecture from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Randall J Olson, MD)
2014 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Alan S. Crandall, MD)
2014 Retina Research Foundation’s Paul Kayser International Award in Retinal Research (Robert E. Marc, PhD)
2014 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence from the University of Utah (Randall J Olson, MD)
2014 Proctor Medal from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Wolfgang B. Baehr, PhD)
2014 Hedi Fritz Niggli visiting professor at the University of Zurich (Kathleen B. Digre, MD, inaugural award)
2013 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Binkhorst Lecture and Medal (Nick Mamalis, MD)
2013 National Institutes of Health Audacious Goals Challenge (Yingbin Fu, PhD)
2012 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Binkhorst Lecture and Medal (Randall J Olson, MD)
2012 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence from the University of Utah (Kathleen B. Digre, MD)
2008 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Geoffrey Tabin, MD)
The Guinness Book of World Record’s Youngest Doctor, Balamurali K. Ambati, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center specializing in Cornea and Refractive Surgery. He also heads a research laboratory dedicated to investigating the molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels.
In 2009, Geoffrey Tabin, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Co-Director of the Moran Outreach Division and Co-Director of the Himalayan Cataract Project was named an Unsung Hero by the Dalai Lama for his work curing blindness around the world. In 2011 Dr. Tabin was also a keynote speaker at a dinner event held in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
Moran offers a three-year residency program (not including transitional/preliminary year) that is approved and accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Hands-on training is a key component of the residency program, and residents perform approximately 300 cataract extractions and almost 400 other major surgical operations during their training, while supervised by an attending faculty member.
The Moran Eye Center is the recipient of a yearly resident scholarship from the ARCS Foundation, a nationally-recognized nonprofit started and run entirely by women to boost American leadership and aid advancement in science and technology. $15,000 is awarded to one resident in each year to allow that resident to pursue a research focus and lay the groundwork for a productive academic career.
The Moran Eye Center offers the following Ophthalmology Fellowship programs to patients who have completed residency in the United States :
Cornea/Refractive Surgery Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Retina International Ophthalmology
Created by Dr. Helge Kolb and Trish Goede in 1994, Webvision summarizes recent advances in knowledge and understanding of the visual system through dedicated chapters and evolving discussion to serve as a clearing house for all things related to retina and vision science. Webvision was one of the first, if not *the* first online textbook. It has since evolved into an interactive, dynamic blog hosted on WordPress that covers all things related to the bioscience of the visual system.
The Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Educational Library (NOVEL) is the key educational program of the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS), providing a new model for scholarly communication with opportunities for creating knowledge from original information sources. NOVEL offers open access to an organized, peer-reviewed, discipline-specific repository of high-quality digital multimedia educational resources and other resources that promote scholarly communication throughout the North American and international neuro-ophthalmology, neurology, and ophthalmology communities.
The Moran Eye Center Outreach Division provides customized, long-term education to surgeons and support staffs from over 40 low-to-middle-income countries, helping to build sustainable systems that address each region’s needs. The Outreach Division also conducts 7-10 outreach medical eye camps each year to provide care in underserved areas, and provides charitable care to low-income, uninsured individuals in Utah. Moran physicians have directly restored to over 11,000 individuals since 2009. Alan S. Crandall, MD and Geoffrey Tabin, MD, serve as co-directors of the division.
Moran’s Outreach Division has trained 85 ophthalmologists from 25 countries since 2009. Moran physicians aim to identify and train gifted and energetic young doctors who will go on to become leaders and teachers in their home countries. The Moran Eye Center Outreach Division partners extensively with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana and the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal.
In summer 2014 the Moran Eye Center Outreach Division led a medical mission to Guatemala where they were accompanied by US Senator and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R-KY). Moran was recommended to Paul by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Moran Eye Center physicians and residents also provide charitable care at local low-income clinics including at the Fourth Street Clinic, Maliheh Clinic, and People’s Health Clinic. After identifying many clinic patients in need of surgery, Moran created Charity Surgery Days, twice-yearly Saturdays where low-income patients receive free, sight-restoring surgeries. In 2014 Moran’s model was adopted by the ASCRS Foundation for their Operation Sight network.
The Moran Eye Center Outreach Division is entirely funded by donations.
- "Mario Capecchio Drive" has been named "Medical Drive" and "North Wasatch Drive" and "North 1900 East Street" in the past.